Reading to Write

Reading to Write

  My first attempt at a children’s novel was an unmitigated disaster and one I shared with about thirty literary agents and publishers! I admit that there were perhaps one or two holes in my plot, characterisation, setting, pace, structure, climaxes,...
Rhyme, Rhythm and Rap

Rhyme, Rhythm and Rap

I was lucky to be able to attend a Brian Moses ‘Rhyme, Rhythm & Rap’ poetry assembly at Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookham yesterday. I remember my own children reading Brian’s book, ‘Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe’ years ago, but...
May’s Moon; an extract

May’s Moon; an extract

CHAPTER ONE Click. Michael May fastened the last strap on his space suit and lifted on his helmet. ‘Primary life support system secure?’ shouted the bald-headed man in front of him. ‘Check!’ ‘Helmet secure?’ ‘Check!’ ‘Suit sealer secure?’ ‘Check!’ Michael looked...
The Castle of Galinsk

The Castle of Galinsk

A synopsis of The Castle of Galinsk (Fantasy for 9-12) Evil King Salek has sprinkled withering dust on part of King Randor’s lands, hypnotizing his people, destroying all plants and creatures and ageing the King. If he can’t reverse the spell, his Kingdom is lost....
Jed’s Jailbreak

Jed’s Jailbreak

A synopsis of  Jed’s Jailbreak (Adventure for 9-12) Jed Carter is mad about dogs but since an accident in which his puppy Blaze was killed, Jed’s parents won’t consider another dog. The closest Jed can get is a summer job at a local rescue centre. Jed is in heaven...